The Weekend Shortlist January 13 to 15
Friday January 13
Reggae/rock band Rebelution get ready to release their third album Peace of Mind, so help them celebrate live. Joining them are The Grouch and Pep Love. Making fast food healthy, Yoshinoya serves bowls of rice, vegetables, and your choice of beef, teriyaki chicken, veggie, or a combo of meats. Super cheap, it’s a favorite spot of mine in midtown. A great dive, Rudy’s Bar and Grill serves up cheap beer by the pint or by the pitcher, and as for the grilling, that includes free hot dogs and popcorn! Though slightly on the expensive side, if you’re in the mood for duck and are a couple or in a group of four or more, Peking Duck House makes some of the best duck you will ever likely have.
Friday January 13
Location: Lower East Side, NYC
Music: NY Guitar Festival – Alternative Guitar Summit
Show time: 6:30 PM
Venue: Rockwood Music Hall
Food: The Stanton Social
Drink: The Magician
Accessory: The Pink Pony
Join some of the best guitarists in music today at the NY Guitar Festival – Alternative Guitar Summit where performers include Nels Cline, Thurston Moore, Mark Stewart, Gyan Riley, Joel Harrison, Anupam Shobhakar, Ben Monder, and Pete Rende. For dinner, The Stanton Social has earned a reputation for being a beautifully designed restaurant/lounge while serving up some delicious multi-ethnic cuisine. For drinks, a favorite of mine is The Magician, this bar’s chill atmosphere just may be the cure for a well-earned night of rocking. A great way to end the night? Stop by The Pink Pony. This boho café has been serving French food and coffee since the 80s and has a relaxing vibe. It’s as punk as that neighborhood gets nowadays.
Saturday January 14
Relive the best and worst of coming of age in high school at The Awesome 80s Prom. This interactive show is part musical and full-on party as the audience gets to drink, dance and vote for the Prom King and Queen. For eats, check out Thai Me Up Sandwich Bar, a sandwich shop offering Thai sandwiches with 7 Steamed Fried Vegetables and a choice of chicken, veggie, tofu or beef on a baguette with 3 types of sauces for $7. One of the city’s oldest bars, at McSorley’s Old Ale House you can feel the history when you enter as memorabilia, since its beginnings in 1854, are all over the walls. Aside from it being a frat hangout nowadays, it’s worth the trip. You’ve seen that orange Mudd coffee truck parked on Astor Place and on various other streets, but check out their Mudd Cafe on East 9th for coffee and a healthy, vegan, and vegetarian menu.
Saturday January 14
Hear The Fab Four in a manner fitting of one of the greatest bands in the history of music at The Beatles Complete on Ukelele, where every song in their catalogue is played on uke. Performers include Adam Levy, Julian Velard, Casey Shea, The Ramblers, and many many more! For dinner, check out Blue Ribbon, part of the highly rated eateries in the city, you’ll find southern fare including fried chicken and BBQ, some crazy shakes & floats, and more. For drinks, just walk about 20 feet to the bar where they offer nine draft beers from Brooklyn. Finally, and most obvious, there’s 16 lanes of bowling. While the wait is generally long, where else can you throw a strike and see a great band at the same time?
Sunday January 15
Location: Chelsea, NYC
Art: Incomparable Women of Style
Show time: See website for schedule; Through January 20
Venue: Fashion Institute of Technology
Food: Pop Burger
Drink: Gaslight Lounge
Miscellaneous: Amy’s Bread
Incomparable Women of Style: Selections from the Rose Hartman Photography Archives, 1977-2011 will display more than 60 photographs, including rare vintage silver prints developed by Hartman in her home studio, as well as some of her most well-known work reproduced on a large scale. Hartman, who has been chronicling iconic moments in fashion, style, and culture for more than 30 years, captured New York City nightlife, fashion shows, parties, clubs, and openings. From Studio 54 to the Mudd Club to Chelsea art galleries today. Burger joint in the front, upscale lounge in the back, the menu at Pop Burger includes basics like 2 pop burgers for $5 for a quick fix or if your lounging, the likes of tuna tartar with soy truffle jus ($15). The Gaslight Lounge, a great hotspot bar in the meatpacking district, is dark and cozy while affordable for the area. If you don’t know Amy’s Bread, when you order a sandwich at a café or restaurant in the city, ask where they got the bread. There’s a good chance it’s from Amy’s because she’s one of the best bread makers in the city.